A youth leader in Edo State’s Obazagban community, Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area, has been accused of assaulting Ogbeni Kingsley, a physically disabled man.
According to Osazee Edigin, a human rights activist and member of Edo Civil Society Organizations, Joshua Edo, a youth leader, allegedly assaulted the victim, who happens to be an old friend, for calling him by his name rather than “chairman or people’s chair.”
On Saturday, April 24, the incident occurred near Benoni Junction, off Airport Road in Benin City.
On Tuesday morning, April 27, the victim described his ordeal and sought justice, saying that the police had yet to act after he reported the attack.
“Somebody beat me black and blue because he saw me as a nobody. I was driving last Saturday (April 24) when I saw an old friend of mine at Obazagban community. He said I called him by his name and started beating me up.
He said why would I call him Joshua instead of chairman or people’s chair. He beat me for more than 20 minutes. He was blowing me from the car, dragged me out of the car and blow my face. I have never seen this kind of theing in my life.”
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